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Detoxing is not a new discovery. For centuries, cultures worldwide have practiced detoxification as part of religious rituals and have been rewarded with health benefits.

Defining Toxicity

Let us begin by talking about toxicity. Toxicity is the degree to which a substance, either a toxin or poison, can cause harm.

Here are two medical distinctions of toxicity:

1. Acute toxicity involves harmful effects in an organism through a single or short-term exposure.
2. Chronic toxicity, on the other hand, is the ability of a substance or mixture of substances to cause harmful effects over an extended period, usually upon repeated or continuous exposure, sometimes lasting for the entire life of the exposed organism.

Aside from the obvious external factors such as chemicals in clothing, furniture, and cleaning supplies, many of the foods we eat are not food – they are merely food-like substances. Even the fruits and vegetables we eat are grown with pesticides and heavily covered with poisons.

Here are the top offenders when it comes to toxic foods:

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  • Sugar and sugar substitutes
  • Gluten
  • Caffeine
  • Dairy
  • Meat
  • Processed foods
  • Soda

Toxicity Symptoms

Some of the common symptoms of toxicity are included in the below list.  Anyone who regularly experiences one or more of the symptoms can benefit from even a short detox to help alleviate stress on the body.

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  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Sluggish elimination
  • Irritated skin
  • Allergies
  • Low-grade infection
  • Puffy eyes or bags under the eyes
  • Bloating
  • Menstrual problems
  • Mental confusion

The Goal of Detoxing

The natural process for detoxification is by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin. We are bombarded with various chemical and environmental toxins that can slow down the body’s elimination process. Detoxification is about resting, cleansing, and nourishing the body from the inside out. Many believe detoxing can help prevent disease by removing toxins and feeding your body with healthy nutrients.

A detox program helps boost the body’s natural cleansing process by resting the organs through fasting, stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body, promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys, and skin, improving the circulation of the blood, and refueling the body with healthy nutrients.

Techniques to aid your detox

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1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.
2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock, and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.
3. Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.
3. Drink at least two quarts of water a day, made easy by bringing our 32 oz. Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Water Bottle with you everywhere you go!
4. Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.
5. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate waste through perspiration.
6. Dry-brush your skin or try detox foot spas/foot baths to remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural products stores.

Results others have reported experiencing after detox

  • Clearer skin
  • Weight loss
  • Increased immunity
  • Lessened cravings
  • Food intolerance relief
  • Improved clarity and sense of well being
  • Elimination of excess waste
  • More energy
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Katas Health offers a Detox Program that targets specific components of your body in the proper order to get to the true sources holding back your health. The Foundational Protocol provides a four-phased proven approach to put you on the road to recovery by guiding you through a true detox experience. Schedule an appointment to discuss how the Detox program can benefit you.